Auto123 gets in a first drive of the 2023 Nissan Z.
Las Vegas, NV – Nissan chose a desert setting for the first drive event of its new 2023 Nissan Z, to which as handful of eager automotive journalists were invited to test out the potential of the sports car, the new edition of which has been long awaited and highly anticipated by Z fans everywhere. The outgoing generation dated back all the way to 2009, after all.
All that to say the mood was festive – it’s not every day you get to sink your teeth into a new Z! – but there was also a feeling running though our group that the Z’s days such as we know it may be numbered, that the model is destined to pass into history, a mythic thing of the past. Certainly, while the transition to electric is necessary and beneficial for the planet, something tells us the next Z – if there is one – won’t be the same kind of engaging machine for fans of driving as this 2023 edition is, or as any of its predecessors going back to 1969 were.
As if to remind us of that, Nissan had brought along for this event one of each previous generation of the Z.